Brian R. Umberger
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Ph.D. Exercise Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2003
M.S. Movement Science, Springfield College, 1997
B.S. Education, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, 1993
Through our research, we seek to better understand the mechanics, energetics, and control of bipedal locomotion (e.g., walking, running, pedaling). A primary focus is the in vivo function of skeletal muscle during locomotion. In much of our work, we use a combined experimental / modeling approach. Thus, we have invested considerable time in developing and evaluating computational models of the musculoskeletal system. We do research primarily in three overlapping areas: muscle function in locomotion, the evolution of bipedalism, and gait pathology in conditions such as cerebral palsy.